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I’ve been sitting here today meaning to post but not sure what to say. Something has come up. And I have to humble myself, which is never fun. Never fear–Xanga CakeBall Fest is still on. A few changes are just in order, that’s all.
Cut to the chase, you say? Okey-dokey. So, Gabe and I are talking on Saturday, and he basically tells me I’m insane for inviting this many people to my house. I’m thinking, “So, the carpet gets dirty (it’s not clean now) and a few things get broken, and… who cares? I’m thrilled to provide a place for everyone to come, hang out, and meet each other. Woohoo!”
No, Practical Hubby is looking around our home and saying, “Marla. Seriously. Where are you going to put all these people?”
And then I freaked. You see, I thought that my willing heart was enough to make it happen. But you know that verse in the Bible that says, “Before you build your towers, make sure you have enough money?” (or something like that) Before you invite 12-15 women (and their 25 children! this is the part I think I must have glossed over…) to your home, you MIGHT want to think about the size of your home, places to park, etc.
If I lived in a 3200 sq. ft. home in the country, no problem. I live in a 1400 sq. ft. home in a cramped little subdivision. There are four different levels in my house, and many small rooms. YOU WILL NOT ALL FIT IN MY HOUSE! And WHERE WOULD YOU PARK?! (for those of you who have been here, WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME THIS? where would I put 35+ people??? WHERE?!)
I spent all day Saturday praying. All. Day. On Sunday, I talked to someone at church and BEGGED to be able to use one of their big ol’ multi-purpose rooms. Monday is their day off, so I should hear from someone tomorrow. I wasn’t going to say anything until it was okayed, but I need you to pray everything works out.
If the weather was going to be nice and my yard wasn’t a swamp, we could have it outside. In my backyard, at one of our lovely parks. But it’s supposed to rain.
The room at church will be perfect. Lots of room for kids to run and play.
HOWEVER, if one of you knows of a better solution, feel free to share. Say, you live in Ohio, and your house is humongous. Or your parents own a very cool party-hosting facility. Or what have you. I’m open. I don’t have to be the hostess. As we’ve already established (and have now further confirmed), this is not my forte anyway. I write books. Most other things are a struggle.
Here’s what I was thinking. I asked to use the room from 3pm-8pm. Krista and Gail (Jamie? Kristen?) would be coming to my house earlier in the day. We’d go to the church together. Anyone who wanted to come before 3pm could also come hang out for a bit. (there are lots of places to park here during the day while everyone’s at work). Anyone who wanted to come back to my house after 8pm would also be welcome. I just can’t fit 15 women and 25 kids here all at once. (again, I’m so sorry.)
Other related updates:
–Kristen (kmhunsberger) might come if she can get her darling sister to accompany her on the long trip. If you haven’t already, go to Kristen’s site and tell her (and her sister) you want to see/meet them!
–Also, remember, if you want any Diapers books (or know someone who does), I can sell them to you Monday for $7 apiece since I don’t have to ship them. And PLEASE take some postcards!
–THANK YOU for the Amazon reviews! There are 10 now, thanks to Abi, Allie, and Terri! Thank you, girls! Please don’t think you have to be some literary genius to write a review! Just say, “I loved the book. It was great. I’d buy it if I was were you.”
I’m believing God to work this all out. Obviously, when left to my own devices, things go awry. Very, very awry. Love you all! I WILL see you Monday!